Every year we help business owners get out of challenging situations when they find their buildings’ foundation has settled, causing their concrete floors to shift and crack. Uneven and broken concrete slabs, whether inside or outside of your building, can lead to major issues with equipment, transportation vehicles, and most importantly, your employees safety.
Concrete Raising :: Machine Stabilization
Large machinery can settle from weight alone. More frequently, settling is caused by the vibrations made by the machinery, compacting the area supporting the weight of the machine.
There are different solutions to stabilizing this machinery that take into account vibration, and the quality of the soil. Piers can be driven into the load-bearing strata to achieve the support necessary to maintain the stability of the machinery.
5/16/16 Dave, It was about ten years ago that my basement walls started to move and leak. I called a local company to have the situation taken care of. They came over and proceeded to install a system that was meant to bring the walls back into position and prevent cracking and leaking. They did this by drilling through the walls and extending a rod out to the yard about eight to 13 feet from the house. It was supposed to be tightened to bring the wall back to the original place or close to it. It did move the walls ever so slightly, but return, cause more cracked in the walls. After repeated calls for the firm to come and fix the problems, the leaking did cease but the company asked me for $100 a year to guarantee their warranty. They worked on the East and South walls. Two years ago, the west and north walls began to leak and I called another local firm, because I lost all tryst in the first firm. They did the same procedure with the same results. Tighten the rods and get more cracking and more leaks. After continued leaking for the better part of the last two years, I decided, after a $15,000.00 expenditure, to call and get the basement fixed correctly to end the leaking. A competitor contractor mentioned your name and I called you. I had your firm mudjack my driveway a couple times, but I did not know you did basement work also. I accepted your bid in the winter of 2015 to do the work in the spring of 2016 and this past week, after two weeks, the job is complete! You excavated around the entire house, pushed back the walls, installed steel beams every four feet in the basement, filled all of the cracks inside and out and applied a sealer on the outside of the walls. I am confident that my basement is not sealed and should not leak. I can only have words of praise for the men who performed the work. They were not only courteous, but very hard working and when they left, the outside of my home was landscaped and the property cleaned up. We are very appreciative of the excellent quality of work you performed and look forward to a “dry” (SureDry) basement in the future! Again, Thank you Clyde Menasha, Wisconsin
I have shifted and broken concrete slabs—what are my options?
If you have uneven, shifted, or broken concrete inside (or outside) of your building, you have two primary options:
Option 1: Raise & Repair Concrete
Raising and repairing your concrete slab is a worthwhile option to consider, as it requires little-to-no downtime for your operations.
If you have a failed concrete slab in your factory or warehouse, the power and flexibility of our polyurethane concrete raising allows us to access the failed slab, and often times re-level and stabilize the slab and the foundation below it, all in a matter of hours. Another benefit to concrete raising and stabilization is that you will be able to use the slab immediately after we’re done—no down time necessary!
Fix your concrete slab today and experience little-to-no downtime, keep your business running, and increase the safety of your workers.
Option 2: Replace Concrete
Replacing your concrete slab is a viable option, and will ultimately remedy your situation; however, consider that concrete slab replacement will require you to potentially shut down your operations, resulting in backups and loss of business?
It’s true, replacing your concrete slabs will possibly require you to stop production, put your workers on break, and wait while the slabs get demo’d & removed, the foundation stabilized, and new concrete poured. Then, you wait for the new concrete to set before moving all your equipment back and recalibrate it.
The process of replacing your concrete could take days or weeks to complete, which in turn means lower productivity and potential loss of business.
Lunch & Learn for Engineers & Contractors
If you would like to learn more about foundation solutions using helical tiebacks, we offer a lunch and learn presentation program. We will educate you on the different applications of foundation piering over lunch. We also provide a technical manual available for the different types of piers we use for foundation stabilization & repair.